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Sunday, September 2, 2012
Bears open post-RG3 era with a bang

By David Ubben

WACO, Texas -- Baylor was missing its most famous face on Sunday (Robert Griffin III), but the Bears didn't look too gloomy with Nick Florence at the helm.

Florence sat the game's final 15 minutes after completing 21 of 30 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns, and a 21-point third quarter helped Baylor embarrass SMU, 59-24.

The most welcome development for the Bears? What may be a stingy defense. Phil Bennett's second season in Waco had high hopes, and though SMU sustained several drives, the Bears capitalized with three turnovers, including an interception near the goal line that preserved a second-quarter, 14-3 lead.

Three plays later, the lead ballooned to 21-3 and the Bears looked firmly in control.

Plenty more to come tonight from Waco, but Sunday was exactly what the Bears wanted to see in their season opener. No doubt about which the better team was.

Jarred Salubi finished with 91 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries. Terrance Williams hauled in seven passes for 138 yards. Lanear Sampson caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.